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Intermodal Up, Carloads Down on U.S. Railroads

February 15th, 2013

Major U.S. railroads originated 273,369 carloads in the week ending Feb. 9, down 2.3% compared with the same week last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal volume was up 7.7% versus the same week last year, at 244,679 trailers and containers.

Short lines’ intermodal traffic jumped 67.3% in the week, compared with the same week in 2012, at 22,053 carloads. Other traffic was down, falling 2.7% to 115,974.

The AAR said six of the 10 carload commodity groups it now reports posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, with petroleum products, up 65%, and nonmetallic minerals and products, up 14%. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included grain, down 17.3%, and metallic ores and metals, down 13.5%.

Canadian railroads reported 80,020 carloads for the week, up 3.0% compared with the same week last year, and 50,882 trailers and containers, down 4.1% compared with 2012. Mexican railroads reported 14,211 carloads for the week, up 7.9% compared with the same week last year, and 9,103 trailers and containers, up 4.7%.

For further details, consult the AAR’s weekly rail traffic charts and RMI’s RailConnect Index of Short Line Traffic.

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